Exploring The Different Blade Grinds Available For Spyderco Fixed Blade Knives

Having a fixed blade is becoming more and more popular as of late. While you still can purchase a serrated blade, the option to do no-serration or different blade grinds has increased!

Many users find the plain, simple geometry of a fixed blade attractive. Furthermore, some users do not like the extra complexity that serration provides, but say it is worth it for its utility.

Since no shearling grip film is needed on a fixed knife, user maintenance is easier to achieve. Due to no edge beveling or buffing required, user cost is lower than taking extra steps to ensure quality.

This article will discuss different Spyderco knives that have different blade geometries available.

What is a blade grind?

A blade grind is when a knife’s thin, sharp edge is changed by the thickness of another blade being placed on it. This process is called a grind.

Many people choose a blade grind because it can add some flair to their knives! Some people use them as a fun way to learn about knives, while others use them for professional applications like surgical or forensic work.

When a blade grain is done, it can be changed again by using one of the millions of knife blades out there. Many times, you can purchase new blades when one has been lost.

Combination blade grinds

There are two main ways to set the blade length of your knife. The first is to roll the knife on a carpeted floor. This is the more traditional way of setting the length of the knife.

The second is to use a belt clip. Most clip-on knives have a test strip performed on them to determine if it will work with a standard belt clip. A standard sized clip can cause difficulty in creating and maintaining a tight grip, and can sometimes create more hand pain than having a longer blade.

When going between the two systems of length in diameter, make sure that you are looking for different things. If one was notching out what the other was challenging, you would be correct in trying one over the other.

Primary bevel angle

When looking at blades to buy, there is a basic bevel angle that you need to know about. Most steel knives have a more forward bevel angle, and fewer knives have a back bevel angle.

The back bevel is used for cutting from the front, and the back of the blade. The back bevel is more common on chef’s knives, since they are used in preparation of food.

The forward bevel is used for cutting from the side, and the front of the blade. The front bevel is more common on utility knives, since they are used in construction or craft projects.

When buying a knife, it is important to know which beVEL BEAVEN needs to be changed into which angle edge on the knife.

Secondary bevel angle

There are two primary ways to bevel a knife’s blade. Beveled knives have a concave side that is deeper than the convex side. This creates an angle at the blade’s edge, which extends the length of the knife’s back.

The wider back of a beveled knife makes it more stable when cutting. Because the back is more thickly built, it may also make it harder tostore, as there is more material to contend with. Both methods create different look and texture to knives, though some like one style over the other.

A secondary bevel angle (TA) is where one creates an additional angle on one or both sides of the blade. This adds some flair and variety to knives, as someone can have a flat-faced or round-faced blade.

Blade height

There are two main ways to set the height of your Spyderco knives. The first is to use a tool called a spyderCase. This tool allows you to place special concave or convexted tabs on either end of the spine of your Spyderco knife.

With this method, you can choose between slightly lower blade heights or higher blade heights. The latter are more common and offer more vertical bladeOCR (blade offset relative to handle) territory. Either way, there are some serious benefits to choosing either the lower-height or higher-height blade.

Should I get a flat ground or a multi-ground blade?

When choosing a blade grain, the main difference is which sides of the blade it will be treated on.

These sides are called the back, right, and left. When the blade is treated on only the right side, it becomes a right-side up knife. When only the back is treated, it becomes a back-up knife.

When looking at these treatments on the knives, there are some differences in how they affect the blade. Some increase durability and others do not affect the knife at all.

A multi-ground knife has several different blades combined on one knife.

What is the purpose of each grind?

A Spyderco firefighter, or B garder, is the standard length of a folding knife’s blade. The fireman is half-length, which is why the knife has a pocket clip and overall length.

The long fireman is good for heavy-duty cutting, because you can use more force to get your job done. A full-length knife has more reach than a short one, but not if you want something compact.

A long blade also makes it harder to fold back into a compact shape. Because of this, some people request a shorter fireman to reduce the thickness of the blade.

There are different purposes for having a short or long blade, so do not make the cut certain blades look better than others.

Which type of grind is best for me?

While there are a few different blade grinds available to consumers, most people find that either drop-point or point-and-butt styles work best for them.

These two blade shapes are parallel to each other in the front and back of the knife, respectively. When the blade is upright, this shape is downhill. The point-butt style has a slight uphill slope to it, making this style more appropriate for military or outdoor applications where survivalism is an objective.

Both of these blade shapes can be very effective, but when doing some research, it pointed out that people who favored the point-butt style had more success with competitive events like soldier of fortune knives.


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